In a response to a question from RaceFans, Gasly said Ocon’s situation is “pretty tough.”
“I mean, this world in F1, it’s not the first time that things are unfair. I’ve always said it, and I think everyone more or less agrees with it, that performance should be the only parameter to get your seat in Formula 1 and we all believe it should be the case.
“Unfortunately it’s a sport where politics and money play a massive part and as a driver it’s difficult to accept sometimes and I think he’s facing a situation that’s quite unfair.”
During the Russian Grand Prix weekend Force India team principal Otmar Szafnauer indicated the team intends to announce its 2019 driver line-up after this weekend’s race in Suzuka.
Sergio Perez, who is expected to be confirmed as Stroll’s team mate, also sympathises with Ocon’s situation.
“It will be very sad because I think he’s a great talent, he has done a good job and definitely deserves a seat in Formula 1,” said Perez during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.
“We’ve seen in the past with [Nico] Hulkenberg after such a year that he did in his first season and he got kicked out. Formula 1 is a very hard world and very limited on opportunities.
“It’s all about timing. Drivers like [Charles] Leclerc come in at the right time, right moment and boom, get straight away a massive opportunity.
“As always you need a bit of luck in this sport to in the right time at the right moment and certainly it’s not looking that way from Esteban at the moment but I am sure he has great support from Toto [Wolff] so he’s anyway in a privileged position.”
@HazelSouthwell contributed to this article.
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